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Welcome to IMACS, the Inamori-Magellan Areal Camera & Spectrograph.  IMACS offers a wide range of imaging and spectroscopic options, and as such lends itself to both standard and novel observational programs.  In respect to large number of modes in which IMACS can be used, it is unlike any imaging spectrograph, including GMOS, DEIMOS, and VIMOS, which are limited to a a few spectral and imaging modes -- often only one each. As a result of the versatility of IMACS, this User Manual is itself wide ranging and contains much more information than many observers will need to know. At the same time, it will not cover important details and methods that will be appropriate to more custom observational programs, including the specific "cookbooks" that available to lead an observer through important tasks like object aquisition and mutlislit mask alignment.  However,  If a specific mode of operation is not discussed here or in the cookbooks, observers should not assume that the IMACS software, or the interface software for the Baade telescope, can be readily modified to accommodate the desired observations.  In such cases, observers should query the IMACS Team and/or the Magellan Support Staff before showing up at the telescope.  Many non-standard requests will require weeks or even months of advance notice, and, because the Magellan operation is a lean one, some things that IMACS could do will not be supported by software and/or the Magellan Support Staff. Again. if you read about it here, it can be done without special requests of the Team or the Staff.  Requests for clarification of the standard modes are encouraged -- after a careful reading of the available documentation. 

The User Manual is divided into four parts -- use the collapsible "outline" menu at right to navigate.  The first describes IMACS, in brief and then in detail, the second covers capabilities, characteristics (including performance), and considerations that are relevant to planning programs, the third is about preparing for IMACS observations, and the fourth is a brief tutorial in making common observations.

As the IMACS PI, I have added some recommendations in this new version of the User Manual, denoted by my initials.  These are my opinions, of course, and others may see things differently.

     - Alan Dressler


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